What you need to know about acne treatment options
If you have acne, you’re not alone. In fact, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most common skin condition in the United States. Each year, 80% of teens and 5% of adults will experience acne. But you don’t have to suffer with acne! Summer is coming and you want to be able to enjoy baring some skin without worrying about unsightly acne. Dr. Alan Rockoff at The Rockoff Dermatology Center, in Andover and Brookline, Massachusetts, wants to help you get rid of your acne.
Your pores can become clogged with dead skin cells, excess oil, and bacteria. Your plugged pores become red, swollen and inflamed, causing acne. The acne can appear as small clusters of whiteheads or blackheads, or large, painful welts that can spread over a large area of your body.
There’s a lot of advice out there about how to treat acne. Some recommend you leave the acne alone and let it go away on its own. This isn’t always a good idea because acne can cause scarring as it heals.
There are also a lot of over-the-counter treatments available, containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. If you have mild acne, these treatments may work. If you have moderate to severe acne, you will definitely benefit from acne treatment by Dr. Rockoff.
Dr. Rockoff will suggest professional acne treatments that can include:
- Oral and topical antibiotic treatments to clear infected pores
- High strength benzoyl peroxide to reduce pore blockage
- Tretinoin, a derivative of vitamin A, to unplug pores
- Extraction treatment to remove whiteheads and blackheads
- Treatments for hormone-related acne
You don’t need to let acne take over your life and make you self-conscious about how you look. Don’t live with the low self-esteem acne can cause when help is just a phone call away. It’s time to call Dr. Rockoff at The Rockoff Dermatology Center with offices in Andover, and Brookline, Massachusetts. Get your skin ready for warmer weather by calling today!